Craft Scotland Summer Show

We're delighted to have been selected to take part in the Craft Scotland Summer Show this August in Edinburgh. 

Running from the 4th -27th August, on the 2nd floor of White Stuff , on George Street, there will be a variety of craft disciplines on show, workshops and the opportunity to meet the makers. 

You can find out more about it and the other makers taking part on the Craft Scotland website, and stay up to date with announcements by following #EdSummerShow on Twitter and Instagram

Island Scarf collection

Reflective Pom Poms

Smart Textiles are an exciting area. As the nights are getting darker, I've been thinking about night time walks with the dog, and how best to stay visible. Reflective clothing seemed like the best way, and after trying out a few different yarns, our reflective pom pom is now ready! 

Reflective pom pom hat, made with finest wool

All our pom pom hats now come with the option of a reflective pom pom- perfect for walks in the dark, or night time runs! 

Hats!

I'm delighted to announce that the online shop went live today! It feels like I've been working on it for ages, as well as working on developing the new products for it. 

Not everything is up yet, some things still need a bit more work, but finally the hats have their official launch! 

Fine lambswool hats, made to order in our small studio. Perfect for all those outdoor adventures you're bound to have as the weather gets colder! 

Fine lambswool hats, made to order in our small studio. Perfect for all those outdoor adventures you're bound to have as the weather gets colder! 

Collaboration with phannatiq

Recently I collaborated with Anna Skodbo, designer and founder of phannatiq to create a couple of pieces for her AW16/17 collection. After a little bit of sampling to try out different weights and different stitch structures, we decided to try some simple shapes using a lovely lambswool that's spun in the UK. 

Unisex sweater

The pieces have been made on one of my chunky knitting machines, and then hand finished. 

Chunky knitted dress

The full collection can be seen on Vogue, where you can the pieces are shown on a range of different models. 

Hand knit beanie

HRH Prince Charles and Cambrian Wool

Last week I travelled to Aberystwyth for the private view of the Cambrian Mountains Wool Design Challenge exhibition. HRH Prince Charles attended, and having the opportunity to discuss my work with him was very exciting, if a bit nerve-wracking. He was very complimentary, and seemed genuinely interested in my jacket. As patron of the Cambrian Mountains Initiative, the private view was part of his schedule for Wales Week.

Discussing knitting, crochet and wool, with HRH Prince Charles. Image courtesy of Anthony Pugh Photography. 

Discussing knitting, crochet and wool, with HRH Prince Charles. Image courtesy of Anthony Pugh Photography. 

Wearing the new crochet bomber jacket, with HRH Prince charles

Meeting other Designer/ Makers

It was great to meet the other designer/makers, discuss our different practices and see all the pieces in person- there is such a diverse range of ideas.

Amongst others, I enjoyed discussing British wools and the joys of making with Rebecca Connelly, a new graduate whose passion for weaving comes across within minutes of speaking to her. The upholstery fabric she designed and made for the exhibition and the resulting bench is beautiful, and very much on my wish list!

Carole Wadham, a milliner from Bath, has a passion for cruelty free British wool. Her pieces are absolutely stunning, and exquisitely made, showing all the beauty of the wool they are made from. She stole the show (as much as is possible at least when there’s a royal to compete with) by wearing one of her hats to the event.

Rebekah Archer, another weaver, works with the principles of slow design, and her processes of shibori dying are incredibly interesting.

Other highlights of Aberystwyth included seeing dolphins in the bay, spying red kites flying above, and being able to wear a crochet jacket to the event that I’d been rushing to finish in time. So all in all, a fantastic and inspiring trip! 

Red Kite flying over Aberystwyth. 

Red Kite flying over Aberystwyth.